“Nothing appears more surprising… than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.… force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the freest and most popular.”
Left v Right, Blue v Red, Biden or Trump? This false dichotomy has been the first and (so far) only test the ruling elites have needed. Its results let citizens self-select a life as one of the 300+ million suckers at the low-stakes plutocracy table...
Universal Basic Income is going to happen. Sooner or later. The real question is whether it'll be truly universal and without strings or whether it's weaponized by authority into a control mechanism. If the latter is what happens, we can kiss democracy goodbye. Forever.
Democrat Blue or Republican Red? Both were appropriated post-FDR by rival factions of corporate and lineage big capital, to ringfence key voter demographics. The false dichotomy is designed to divide and rule the American people, so entrenched power can exploit the many and reward the few without regulation or restriction. What about the ideal 'anyone can become President'? Do we need to Make America - Americans - Great Again?
Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it's delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don't get it!
Big capital 'survival of the fittest' mentality weeds out the exceptional upwardly mobile from the proletariat and what better demonstration of this cynical Darwinian principle than millions of freeborn turkeys voting for Christmas. Who's to say it isn't "right" for a country if that's the outcome? Brexit's EXIT DAY will mark the final scene of this Act in the Dramatis Britannia one way or another. Parliamentary majority will define what comes after. It won't be pretty if the wrecking ball is given unregulated, unlimited power to swing.
On 12th December 2019 the United Kingdom goes to the polls in the most divisive, fucked up election in living memory. Whether the voters know it or not, the stakes are enormous. Similarly high stakes play out in the United States in November 2020. Will the UK (and the USA, in 2020) have woken up to the existential threats to their long-term future or has big capital already conditioned the people of these great nations into turkeys voting for Christmas?
Sometimes seems like the Tories have paid off much of the opposition, to make a pig's breakfast of credible challenge to the relentless two-party dictatorships of the 40%. There's 81-114 seats like those in the attached PNG. I've not seen it discussed anywhere, which is crazy.
Words are powerful. Monolithic powers appropriate words and redefine usage to control public opinion. But modern nations don't benefit from tribalism. Blame culture is a sickness, eroding society from within; an excuse for tearing down but never the creating. Words like "posh" are the stealthy outlier carriers for this plague.
It's 2019 and, like it or not, the stories that've been the heritage of human culture are breaking down. The disintegration has been spasmodic. slow enough to go unnoticed (if one tries hard enough). But the corrosion is an organic inertia that won't stop unless we stop it. Why does this matter? Read on to find out...
The bubble burst in the Financial Crisis of 2008. This was a global moment of vulnerability for big capital and entrenched political power. It could have resolved in an accountable financial system, had governments been less under the thumb of corporate and banking power. What emerged from 2009 was the opposite of accountable...
"What I've observed in the past is when my brain is depleted of certain resources, it gets tetchy at things sensory, scatty at things psychological. At best it's malaise. Not anxious or black depressive. Just nothing. Stasis."